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The United States Eight Best Running Cities

There are a lot of things that make a city “runnable.” Aside from quick access to the urban jungle or outdoor trails, great running cities have the athlete spirit - drive, dedication and passion. Based on these qualities, eight cities make the list of the top running cities in America.

San Fransisco, CA

This beautiful location is great for the casual jogger or elite runner. Athletes who are new to training might select one of San Francisco’s many 5K races to help improve speed and fitness level. More experienced runners can select from various 10K, half marathon or full marathon events.

Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. has a community of runners and hosts several teams such as I Run, You Run and Washington Running Club. These groups help runners with their training efforts by sharing tips, advice and running some of the world’s largest racing events together.

New York, NY

This city hosts the world’s largest marathon event, the New York City Marathon. The famous race has been going on for 43 years and last year 50,000+ runners finished the race. New York City also has 10 parks and around 21 tracks that runners can utilize for training.

Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is 7,000 feet above sea level and contains more than 50 miles of city running trails. Flagstaff also hosts several running camps where individuals can train to achieve any personal goal. Campers stay in the same area and daily workouts include multiple runs as well as alternative physical activities.

Boulder, CO

Boulder boasts several endurance companies such as Newton Running. This town is perfect for high-altitude training and several world-class athletes have trained in its hilly landscape. The town has 200 miles of off-road running trails and the beautiful mountains make it an appealing place to live or spend the training season.

Portland, OR

Portland was one of the first towns to host a “color run.” During these races, participants walk, skip or run their way through color zones where they are sprayed with colored powder. Despite the blaring music and laughs, this race gets participants quite dirty but they don’t seem to mind.

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Lakefront Trail is a popular training destination for locals and visitors alike. One can walk, cycle or run the 20-mile loop along the coast of Lake Michigan. Runners can also decide to stop for a break and visit one of the various beaches or recreational amenities that is connected to the trail.

Austin, TX

The boardwalk trail at Lady Bird Lake had its grand opening on June 7, 2014. The boardwalk started nearly 20 years ago, but has just been completed, linking one of Austin’s most scenic trails. The 10-mile trail is now packed with runners almost every day.

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Mackenzie Martin writes for Mettis Trainer. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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